Motorola Pebl

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The Motorola Pebl (styled PEBL, pronounced pebble) is a series of clamshell/flip mobile phones from Motorola, and is one of the series in the 4LTR line.


Motorola Pebl
Compatible networksGSM 850/900/1800/1900 (quad band)
Availability by regionQ1 2005
Dimensions49 mm×87 mm×20 mm
Mass110 g / 3.8 ounces
Memory5 MB internal
Display1.8inch, 176×220 pixels
262,000 color TFT LCD
Rear cameraVGA, 640x480 pixels, video
Connectivitymini-USB, Bluetooth (Class 1.2), GPRS class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots) 32 - 48 kbit/s, WAP 2.0/xHTML.

The Pebl U6 was announced in early 2005. Pebl is named for its small and sleek appearance, as well as to evoke comparisons to a "pebble," which has been worn smooth over time.

The U6 sold in the millions of units.

Design and appearance[edit]

Motorola U6 (Open)

The body of the Pebl U6 is primarily made out of metal, although everything other than the hinge has a colour coating which makes it matte rather than shiny. The external texture is polished but not quite smooth, resisting finger prints and smudges. Buttons and connectors are kept flush in order to maintain the phone's smooth appearance. In contrast to many other products with a one line external display, the external screen is mounted vertically, rather than horizontally.

The unit is held closed by magnets, and can be opened with a single hand by pushing the lid of the phone away from the hinge mechanism. The hinge itself is spring-loaded, so that when cracked it actively swings fully open.

Initially, the product was available only in black, but in the second quarter of 2006, Motorola launched four additional colours. It was produced in black, blue, green, red, orange and pink, although the exact colour selection varied per country. Shortly before the new colors became available, Motorola commissioned photographer David LaChapelle to capture the new Pebl phones in a colourful photo shoot.[1][2]

Additional features[edit]


Motorola Pebl U9
Compatible networksGSM 850/900/1800/1900 (quad band)
Availability by regionFebruary 2008
Mass105 g
Memory25 MB internal
Display2.0inch, 240×320 pixels
256K colours TFT LCD
Rear camera2.0 MP, video

Three years later, the U9 was released. It features Motorola's MotoMagx OS, a better display, an improved 2.0-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and touch-sensitive music keys. The phone was made available in the first half of 2008.


Motorola Pebl U3
Compatible networksGSM 850/900/1800/1900 (quad band)
Availability by regionDecember 2008
Mass105 g
Memory10 MB internal
Display1.9inch, 128×160 pixels
256K colours TFT LCD
Rear cameraVGA, 640x480 pixels, video

December 2008 saw the release of the U3. This was a more basic version - it did not have a memory card slot, no Bluetooth and a lower screen resolution.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "King of Color Shoots New Motorola Color Pebl Handsets" (Press release). Motorola. 2006-04-27.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Motorola Pebl Colors - David LaChapelle". Motorola. Retrieved 2006-09-17.[dead link]

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